SA Roofing February 2018 // Issue 97 - Page 6

NEWS Awarding top architectural creativity Contenders for the 2017 Corobrik-South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Awards of Merit were launched at an official event last year. The awards programme builds up a public record of the achievements of the architectural profession. T he contending Corobrik-SAIA architects were showcased at the Ackerman’s forecourt in Menlyn Mall in Pretoria from 20 to 26 November 2017, with the main aim to introduce architecture to the public. “A lot of architectural communication only reaches architects. We want to show the public the value of architecture,” says marketing manager at SAIA, Debbie Kirk. Sixty-one entrants were chosen with the awards ceremony to be held in Pretoria in May 2018. The finalists feature a variety of buildings ranging from private and community residences, universities, public facilities, corporate offices, lodging facilities and more. The forecourt featured project images and a brief description of each building. Corobrik’s commercial director, Musa Shangase, says, “There is so much depth 4 FEBRUARY 2018 RESIDENTIAL // COMMERCIAL // INDUSTRIAL and character to each building and this is truly evident in this year’s submissions.” Selection of projects was made through a panel of judges that comprises three architects, one eminent layperson, a representative from Corobrik, SAIA’s president and an academic architect. Judges visited all the finalist entries, evaluating each entry according to the judging parameters. “Each region sends forward their suggestions and the president of SAIA makes the final decision,” she says. The 61 projects on display feature the regional entries and the panel will shortlist projects to be considered for the overall awards. Some of the contenders for the award include: • Bosjes Chapel (SA Roofing, issue 95), located in the gables of Cape Town; • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Bitumen Lab (SA Roofing, issue 95); • Hamilton Naki CRU Development in the City of Cape Town (SA Affordable Housing, issue 67); • Mixed use building and piazza Alice Lane 3 in Sandton (RACA Journal, Volume 33, No7); and • New Corporate Office, Sasol Place in Sandton for Alchemy Properties / Sasol Pension Fund (Plumbing Africa, Volume 22, No8). “To build a building is a complex and expensive process,” says Maryke Cronje, newly-elected president of the SAIA. “To complete a building of this kind of significance is a rare achievement that deserves public acknowledgement.”